Happy Tuesday everyone, here's my Top 5 for September 21, 2010 from Len Berman at www.ThatsSports.com.
1. Quick Hits
* The Broncos' 2nd year wide receiver, 23-year old Kenny McKinley, was found dead yesterday at his Colorado home. It was an apparent suicide. He's been out with a knee injury.
* The Super Bowl champion Saints beat the 49ers 25-22 last night on a field goal as time expires.
* It's been a tough week for Reggie Bush. Last week he gave back his Heisman Trophy. Last night's game reports say he broke his leg.
* The Yankees drew first blood in the battle for first place, and now lead Tampa Bay by 1 1/2 games. The Phillies open up a 4 game lead on the Braves after beating Atlanta.
* George Steinbrenner is honored with a huge monument at Yankee Stadium.
2. The Torre Story
Joe Torre returned to the Bronx for the first time since his departure. He was greeted with hugs from his former players and loud cheers from the crowd. What was even louder was Torre telling WFAN he's "curious" about the Mets job. Here's what I'm curious about. If the Mets would consider Torre, what about Bobby Valentine? And in truth, aren't they both cost prohibitive in the Mets scheme of things?
3. The Whole Truth And Nothing But
I was frankly shocked to hear Giants coach Tom Coughlin tell it like it is. He called out his moody running back Brandon Jacobs for running "east west" and not "north south." Wow. Truth in advertising. That's rare in football. No wonder Jacobs is throwing his helmet into the stands with reports surfacing that he wants to be traded. Coughlin may not have the mouth or the flash of Jets coach Rex Ryan, but that comment spoke volumes
4. Don't You Just Hate It?
Lots of responses from you on the sports figure you hate the most. Many were owners. Jerry Jones, the Dolans and Walter O'Malley! As for players, the usual suspects. Tiger Woods, LeBron James, Michael Vick and Barry Bonds. Agent Scott Boras got a mention.Then there was this response. "Ball players who don't run to first base when they hit the ball. (That's most of the Mets.)
Care to share the athlete/sports figure you admire the most?
5. NY State Of Mind
Last week I talked about all the crimes committed in New York with people wearing Yankee caps. Jimmy G. has this perspective from Wales. "I see Yankee caps constantly. They outnumber all others by at least 50 to 1. People don't even know that they are wearing the logo of a famous baseball team. They just think it's cool to wear the 'New York' initials."
He then goes on to say how the Japanese during WWII would taunt the Americans by yelling "F*** Babe Ruth."
Reminds me of a story about Cincinnati Reds third baseman Gene Freese. During the 1961 World Series he was asked about the Yankees steamrolling his Reds, he reportedly told the reporter, "F*** you. F*** the Yankees And F*** Babe Ruth.
Happy Birthday: Former slugger Cecil Fielder. 47.
Bonus Birthday: Author Stephen King. 63.
Today in Sports: The start of something big. ABC debuts Monday Night Football. Cleveland beat the Jets 31-21. 1970.
Bonus Event: An 8 year old named Virginia O'Hanlon writes a letter to the New York Sun asking "Is there a Santa Claus?" The editor's response, "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus," was printed on this date. 1897.